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St. Joseph County’s Main Library has been closed since 2019 for a major renovation. Now, the 85,000 square foot downtown South Bend building has been completely reconfigured and reopens to the public this Sunday, Nov. 14.

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The newly renovated main branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library will have its grand opening Nov. 14. Located in downtown South Bend, the branch has been closed since November 2019 for a long-planned renovation.

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Berrien County is now averaging just under five new cases a day, a big decline from the height of the pandemic. Test positivity rates are also low, at around three percent. In addition, Michigan fully reopened on June 22, dropping all capacity restrictions and face mask mandates.


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The Indianapolis 500 will bring fans back this May after having none at last year’s race, at 40 percent capacity.

Museum Founded By Holocaust Survivor Reopens In Indiana

Feb 21, 2021

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A western Indiana museum founded by a Holocaust survivor who championed forgiveness has reopened following a six-month-long closure prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. The CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center reopened in Terre Haute on Friday, when 26 visitors showed up to see a new exhibit and hear the stories of Holocaust survivors.


Almost a year after they first closed to the public, the Morris Performing Arts Center and the Century Center in downtown South Bend are reopening for live shows and events. The city announced the reopening Friday as St. Joseph County’s COVID-19 case count and test positivity rate continue to decline.

Jeff Jarnecke, executive director of venues for the City of South Bend, said the city had to furlough the majority of staff members at both venues when the pandemic began last March. 


He said Morris staffers returned to work Feb. 1, and while part of the Century Center staff is still on furlough, Jarnecke said they hope to bring the rest back in the coming weeks.


“Knowing that it’s starting to feel like some sense of normalcy may be coming back to us is incredibly exciting,” he said. 


Jarnecke said each event on both venues' schedules will be independently reviewed by the health department, and attendance will be decided accordingly.

Jarnecke said all event dates are subject to change based on the county’s COVID-19 status, but as of now, the Century Center’s first events are scheduled for March, and the first shows at the Morris are slated for April. Reduced seating capacity and social distancing will remain in place. 

Michigan Restaurants May Be Able To Open For Dining Feb. 1

Jan 13, 2021

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the plan is for Michigan restaurants to reopen for indoor dining on Feb. 1, two and a half months after an order to close amid a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The current order prohibiting indoor eating and drinking was extended Wednesday. Non-contact organized sports can resume starting Saturday. Michigan is among just a few states to allow no indoor restaurant dining and is the only one without a detailed plan on how and when reopening can occur, according to the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association.

Michigan Lets High Schools, Entertainment Venues Reopen

Dec 18, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration is lifting a prohibition on in-person instruction at Michigan high schools and says entertainment venues such as movie theaters can reopen with capacity restrictions following a decline in coronavirus cases. Universities and colleges can let students return to campus next month, with a voluntary commitment to wait until Jan. 18 to restart face-to-face classes. Indoor restaurant dining will continue to be prohibited under the new state health department order, as will indoor sports and outdoor contact sports.

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Officials from the South Bend Community School Corporation are reconsidering their reopening plan after hundreds of teachers and parents expressed their concerns over the past week. School Officials discussed alternatives to their original plan during a meeting Monday night.

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The University of Notre Dame will require students to take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. That’s according to the University’s website.

St. Joseph County Public Library Reopens With Some Restrictions

Jun 17, 2020

The St. Joseph County, Indiana Public Library branches reopened this week for the first time since March. Some changes are in place to limit the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

Potawatomi Zoo Reopens To Members With New Front Entrance

Jun 14, 2020
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The Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend cut the ribbon on a new front entrance over the weekend and just in time for reopening. 

Four Winds Casinos To Reopen Monday, Here's What To Expect

Jun 12, 2020
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All Four Winds Casino locations in Indiana and Michigan are set to reopen this coming Monday with some new rules in place due to the coronavirus.

Some Michigan Restaurants Reopen Just In Time For Summer

Jun 9, 2020

Restaurants in Michigan are allowed to reopen this week at half capacity for the first time in roughly three months. Some business owners are adapting.

Pokagon Band Aims To Reopen Four Winds Casinos June 15th

Jun 1, 2020

The Pokagon Gaming Authority announced its aiming to reopen the Four Winds Casinos in Michigan and Indiana on June 15th.


Fairs in Indiana could be allowed to open on or after the 4th of July with some restrictions under Governor Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Plan. Several local fairs have started making decisions about whether or not to open this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Some restaurants in Northern Indiana are opening their doors to dine-in customers Monday for the first time in nearly two months. Local restaurant owners have put some measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — A pork processing plant in north-central Indiana has resumed limited production, two weeks after company officials temporarily suspended operations amid the coronavirus pandemic. Workers returned Friday to Indiana Packers Corp.'s Delphi plant following the completion of coronavirus testing of its 2,267 workers and contractors. Indiana Packers says in a statement that the testing found 301 plant workers who tested positive for the coronavirus. That's about 13% of the plant's workforce. The testing was completed with help from Carroll County and state health officials.

UPDATE: Tyson Foods In Logansport Reopening In Spite of Coronavirus Outbreak

May 1, 2020
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The Tyson Foods meatpacking plant in Logansport is resuming limited operations today.

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Some St. Joseph County and City of South Bend officials knocked Governor Eric Holcomb’s decision to begin lifting the stay-at-home order announced on Friday. Local officials say it's too soon. 


It’s been roughly one month since Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a stay-home-order due to the coronavirus. St. Joseph County, Indiana officials discussed when it may be safe for the county to start reopening during a virutal press conference Friday.

Chicago Businessman Buys Indiana Beach Amusement Park

Apr 24, 2020
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MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — A Chicago businessman has bought a northern Indiana amusement park that abruptly closed in February and hopes to reopen the 94-year-old tourist destination's rides and other attractions this summer if coronavirus restrictions allow. White County Commissioner John Heimlich said Thursday that Gene Staples purchased Indiana Beach before its former owner, California-based Apex Parks Group, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 8.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported seven additional deaths Monday, bringing the state’s total to 569. State Health Commissioner Kris Box says deaths reported to the state are often lower over weekends. The state announced more than 11,500 total confirmed cases, with almost 65,000 Hoosiers tested.

Indiana May Soon Allow Elective Surgeries Again

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Indiana state officials say they’re seeing encouraging signs in COVID-19 data across the state.